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I Got Stuck on a Desert Island

I Got Stuck on a Desert Island

When I was in primary school a popular screen saver on the computer in our classroom was a little man stuck on a desert island. Since then I have come across the question of what I’d take to a desert island several times. It’s a popular interview question & was part of getting to know my fellow online classmates recently.

I’ve decided to make this a little more specific.

I know I’m going to the dessert island.

I will be there for one year.

I can take 5 things with me.

I’ve given this some serious thought. Avoiding obvious choices like a never-ending supply of food, a boat to get home etc

Without further ado, I’d bring the following.

Harry Potter box set

The seven books in the series would account for hours of entertainment. I think it would take me 2-3 weeks to get through the series, assuming I have other duties to tend to (hunting & cooking food, bathing, exploring etc.). I am quite certain that after a while I will begin to act out, voices & all, while I read aloud to my non-existent audience.


A flint is a piece of grey hard rock that when struck with steel produces an igniting spark. Or in other words, make a fire. This way I can cook any food that I catch, stay warm & hopefully ward off any curious animals.


A rope would be really useful. I could use it to set animal traps, drag the animals I trap, rig up a shelter or make a raft.

Swiss Army knife

The multitude of tools in a Swiss Army knife makes it so handy. A knife would be so handy for hunting, preparing food & the scissors to cut my nails.


Given the choice, I would choose my dog, Harley. He would try really hard to catch birds & make me laugh several times a day. I know he can’t talk back to me but I would certainly have many conversations with him. I would also settle for an inanimate object companion, like Wilson from Castaway.

What would you do with $1 Million?

When I was in grade 5 we had an assignment: spend one million dollars. The idea was to cut out items we wanted from catalogs in order to spend one million dollars. Most of my classmates ‘purchased’ houses, then we had to furnish them. Then came the flash cars & boats.
Almost 20 years later my priorities have certainly changed! I was prompted to revisit this idea by Nikki from

What would you do with $1 Million?Pay off mortgage

This seems like a no-brainer to me. Without a mortgage, we would have so much more disposable income available for other pursuits.

Pay off other debts

Other debts like credit cards or personal loans. Once the credit cards are cleared I would consider canceling them & opening a new account with 2 cards so we just have to the one credit card bill each month.

A holiday house

I always wanted a holiday house when I was a kid. The closest I got to it was my aunt & uncle that had a caravan at a lake a few hours away.

Invest in real estate

Just like wanting a holiday house, I’ve always wanted an investment property.

Invest in shares

I’ve always wanted to invest in shares but I don’t know enough about it nor do I have any spare money to put towards it.

Buy toys

With any money that is left, I’d buy some toys. And by toys, I mean boats, jet skis, motorbikes etc.

Cut down employed work

With no mortgage & a few investments in place I feel I would be able to cut back on working for someone else. Without any financial repercussions, I wouldn’t be afraid to try different jobs. I could find out what I’m truly passionate about.

What I would do with $1 million
Unfortunately for me, all of the above totals over one million dollars. It is nice to dream, though.

So, what would you do with one million dollars?

Reverse Bucket List

Eiffel Tower. text overlay: Reverse Bucket List
A reverse bucket list is a bucket list of the items I have already completed. Of course, this isn’t the extensive list, I do like to keep a few things to myself! In case you missed it, there are still quite a few items on my bucket list.

Reverse Bucket List

  • Gamble in Las Vegas – I managed to win about $90 after only putting in $3 (2013)
  • Buy a real Louis Vuitton bag – I saved up to buy a Multicolore Speedy 30 in white (Champs Elysée, France 2011)
  • Ride around London in a double-decker bus (2011)
  • Eat pizza, pasta & gelato in Italy – I don’t know who would go to Italy & not have any of these (Venice, Rome, Florence 2011)
  • Go white water rafting – it was so cold! (Inn River, Austria 2011)
  • Buy a brand new car – I am technically the first owner of the car, although is had 6,000km on the clock (2010)
  • Crochet a granny square afghan – I made the Spotlight Krista throw. Spotlight released a square a week. (2013)
  • Have my photo in a major newspaper (2011)
  • Ride in a helicopter – my first helicopter ride was the day I got engaged & I’ve had a few more since (2011)
  • See the Pope at the Vatican City – The Pope can bless items that you have purchased and send them back to your hotel (Vatican City 2011)
  • Buy a Burberry trench coat – I am so glad I bought a good coat. It was absolutely necessary to have a coat of some kind in New York City in November. (Honolulu, USA 2013)
  • Own a cashmere sweater – now that I have had it dry cleaned I have barely worn it (Honolulu, USA 2013)

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What have you completed from your bucket list?

Bucket List

Northern lights text overlay: my bucket list
buck·et list noun. a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you’re past your prime & kick the bucket, meaning die. This isn’t an exhaustive or final list, I’m sure there will be much more to add as I continue through life. I have tried to make them as specific as possible, although most of the specific goals have I already completed. Some require funding or travel & all need a fair bit of planning, but most really just require my time. You will also notice that most of them are experiences rather than material things. A lot of the material things I have already acquired & are on my Reverse Bucket List.

 My Bucket List

  • Celebrate a white Christmas
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China
  • See the Pyramids of Giza
  • Write a book
  • See the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights, pictured above)
  • See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
  • Experience a hot air balloon
  • Be a member of the audience on a TV show
  • Go to a masquerade ball (I already have a mask!)
  • Donate a week’s gross wages to a charity (in one transaction)
  • Make a quilt
  • Try starfruit
  • Trade shares on the stock market (either Australian Stock Exchange or international markets)
  • See a live fashion show
  • Pay off my mortgage in 12-15 years
  • Own a holiday house
  • Own an investment property

I’d love to know what’s on your bucket list, we might share some of the same goals!


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My Earliest Memory

earliestmemoryMy earliest memory I have was going to meet my brother in the hospital after he was born.

I’m not sure how many days old he was, but I was about 2 years and 8 months old. I remember my grandparent’s driving me to the hospital on a sunny morning. We parked by the clay tennis courts next to the hospital. He was wrapped in a pastel receiving blanket & a nurse gave me 2 jelly beans for being a good girl.

I’ve only recently found out that that blanket was a receiving blanket. My brother had one exactly the same growing up. I had no reason to believe it was a different one to that in the photo.